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  • Sarit S
    Palo Alto, California, United States22 contributions
    Loved this amazing show and the intimate setting. My husband and I took our teenagers and we all loved it
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    During our March stay at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, we visited their lovely CityScape Lounge, for some wine.

    Luckily, on this visit, we did not have the fog, from previous visits, so got to take in some of the lovely views, from the top floor of the hotel’s Tower 1.

    Once this space was the Hilton HHonors Lounge, but was converted into a meeting space, and then repurposed as CityScape, a few years back. It is a lovely venue, and functions as a “rooftop lounge,” but has two somewhat separate areas: first, there is a central bar area (lots of purple/magenta lighting), but that is surrounded on 3 sides by the lounge area (more subdued lighting but expect some bleed of the purple/magenta from the bar area), with stadium seating, of sorts. This area consists of a raised seating area, back a bit from the walls of windows, with a lower seating area, next to those windows. There are different seating arrangements, from larger tables, with sofa-style seating, small tables, and then bistro-style tables, with stools. On this visit, we were seated on the raised area, but had great views, because the window seating was lower, than we were.

    On this visit, my wife met me at CityScape, since she had a business dinner, and I dined solo elsewhere. I had to text her instructions for finding the correct elevator from the ground floor in Tower 1, as the signage is not 100% clear – even though she and I had been up to CityScape before. Just read the signs at the bank of elevators carefully.

    Since we had both eaten, we did not even look at the menu of bar food, and went straight to a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir - the Belle Glos “Las Alturas” Santa Lucia Highlands. Now, the wine list is short (I think that cocktails and beer are the prime focus for most patrons), but does have enough choices to keep us happy.

    The views (if there is no fog) are spectacular, and few other bars/lounges in San Francisco offer anything close.

    During our visit, the noise level was minimal, but on a previous visit, the bar area was full, and very loud – so one’s experience could differ, by the evening.

    Our service was good, though we did have to flag down our server to settle the bill, but think that he was busier with the tables along the windows.

    In all, this was a very good visit, and the City was glowing, down below us. We will return, and maybe try to catch sunset.
    Written 26 February 2020
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  • LL B
    Covington, KY121 contributions
    What a fun and historical bar! It's right next to City Lights Bookstore, and they often had Beat poets read there back in the day. The wall has many fun pictures. The drinks are reasonable. The inside of the bar has that gritty, hippie look. They have music but it wasn't overbearing and we could hear each other talk. We left there to go to another bar and ended up wishing we had stayed here!
    Written 22 March 2022
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  • Serendipity1701
    Sarasota, FL120 contributions
    The drinks, when you can choose one from the extensive amazing menu , they are amazing. The staff is so knowledgeable and so friendly you felt right at home. I can’t wait to go back.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • IOA
    6 contributions
    I can not believe It! I found this fantástic place by chance!!! I listened to the music when I looking for dinner, I was alone and I felt like home.
    It was an unforgetable evening-night; cheap beers (only cash) and astonished local!!
    Many friendly and fantastic people; great músic and lot of fun!
    So delighted yo have been there and have Met people as Bas from The Netherlands ;)
    Written 22 February 2022
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  • Jerry L
    Tucson, AZ14 contributions
    Been coming to this watering hole for over 50 years. They are the originators of the Irish Coffe (At $12 a pop you can get a quick drunk for about $50 bucks) Most interesting to watch the old-time bartenders create a dozen drinks at a time. The food is great, especially the breakfasts (nothing like a crab meat omelet in the morning. At the end of the cable car line.
    Written 19 October 2021
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  • Anne I
    Enebakk Municipality, Norway3 contributions
    I don’t have words… it’s cheezy but fun. The food was good, and rhe drinks potent. Live music and dancefloor. Come with an open mind.
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Rather_Nomadic
    Panama City, FL1,893 contributions
    A classic dive bar solely focused on craft beer. Big selection of local and nearby breweries and everything is top notch. Fairly exclusive bottle collection of vintage and one-off brews. Some bottles made specifically for the Toronado. Not kid friendly. Nice service, good prices. Cash only.
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • Gwennie
    Cardiff, UK139 contributions
    Iconic bar – dark inside with a great, spooky feeling –l ook at the pictures on the wall you think they are watching you. We went for the happy hour and had a couple of drinks on our first night in San Fran – we also had bar nibbles, which were delicious and huge portions we ordered two fries and two chips between 3 – well one each would have been enough.
    Written 3 September 2019
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  • Charlene B
    20 contributions
    Had to good night's in here, mainly to watch baseball. Great staff and friendly, food and beer good, some say a bit dark but it just adds to the atmosphere. Take a lift to the 2nd floor. Really enjoyed our stay, wish the shuffleboard had been free!
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Travelin_Bear
    Placitas, NM1,113 contributions
    After reading a variety of reviews and recommendations, we decided to take a break from touring around one afternoon and visit the Li Po Lounge for their famous Chinese Mai Tais. The mai tais are $11 each. I believe that what differentiates them from a Hawaiian mai tai is that a Chinese liqueur is an ingredient. They're not bad (but truth to tell, I prefer the Hawaiian version). Our bar tender was friendly and had stories to share. The decor of the place might be called Dive Exotic. The place has been there since 1937 and it's fun to look around.
    Written 31 July 2021
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  • babscoffee
    Tucson, AZ101 contributions
    This Art Deco themed bar surprises you when you walk in! Classy and pleasant anytime of the week. May be the only bar in town without a TV! That will make for a great date night! Bartenders mix handcrafted cocktails! Try one!
    Written 7 February 2020
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  • WC8882013
    New York177 contributions
    Came here early dinner. Had 4 top behind curtains. The bone marrow was awesome. Brussels sprouts were not sprouts - great. Had the pork chops. Martini underwhelmed / though the onion not served in drink was warm - interesting.
    Written 29 December 2017
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  • Jagoan Kita
    17 contributions
    I was taken to this great place of music and entertainment by a local friend during a work trip. (pre covid in January)

    What a pleasant surprise it was, excellent live music, blues, jazz etc.

    I'd definitely go back there the next time we can fly again to SF!

    Pros: Great live music, great selection of beer on tap, place is quite spacious actually and not cramped.

    Cons: Not much to write here.

    Tip: if you miss some good old fashioned European lagers, they have some nice ones on tap!
    Written 17 September 2020
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  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, CA14,901 contributions
    Met some friends for drinks and lunch one beautiful October afternoon. The weather was bay perfect. I had two shrimp tacos (on flour), outstanding, Vern and one friend enjoyed the chili bowl, and one had a chicken salad. It wasn't crowded but all precautions were in place. No inside dining.
    Written 8 December 2020
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